Unit: Law
Program: Law (JD)
Degree: Doctor, Juris
Date: Sat Oct 10, 2015 - 10:29:59 pm

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

JD Program Student Learning Outcomes


The Law School’s J.D. program is accredited by the American Bar Association and accepted for membership in the Association of American Law Schools. Students admitted to the J.D. program must have an undergraduate degree, among other requirements. In Hawaiʻi, and nearly every other state, a J.D. degree from an accredited school is essential to become a licensed attorney. The Law School necessarily focuses substantial attention on those learning objectives aimed at preparation to pass the bar exam and to practice law ethically and effectively. The school also emphasizes areas of law of importance to Hawaiʻi and to the school’s mission. The J.D. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are:

  1. Understand ethical responsibilities as representatives of clients, officers of the court, and public citizens responsible for the quality and availability of justice;

  2. Obtain basic education through a curriculum that develops:

    • understanding of the theory, philosophy, role, and ramifications of the law and its institutions;

    • proficiency in legal analysis, reasoning, problem solving; oral and written communication; legal research;

    • fundamental professional practices necessary to participate effectively in the legal profession;

    • mastery of substantive law regarded as necessary to effective and responsible participation in the legal profession through a completion of a curriculum of required and elective study;

  3. Understand the law as a public profession calling for performance of Pro Bono legal services;

  4. Promote the development of students' critical thinking skills and other intellectual tools that will serve their life-long learning needs, and enable them to provide leadership in law through contributions in research and practice;

  5. Understand and respect law as a social institution in the context of a diverse state with a unique and important history; and

  6. Recognize our global connectedness, especially to the Asia and Pacific regions.


1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/content/jd-program-student-learning-outcomes
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/student-handbook
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Please review, add, replace, or delete the existing curriculum map.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2015:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program learning assessment activities between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015?


6) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015? (Check all that apply.)


7) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place in the last 18 months.


8) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 6? (Check all that apply.)


9) State the number of students (or persons) who submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.


10) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)


11) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)


12) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 6. For example, report the percent of students who achieved each SLO.


13) What best describes how the program used the results? (Check all that apply.)


14) Please briefly describe how the program used the results.


15) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, and great achievements regarding program assessment in this reporting period.

16) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.

The Law School worked with the Assessment Office in Spring 2012 as part of the implementation of the Law School Strategic Plan.  Momentum did not continue through AY13-14 due to other priorities and changes in the focus of the Curriculum Committee. Assessment has been undertaken AY14-15 and additional assessment will be undertaken AY15-16 in preparation for reaccreditation of the Law School (AY16-17).